Eagles’ Gameday: 11/05/12 @ Saints – 8:30pmBreaking News, Jeremy Manuel-Eagles/NFL Friday, November 2nd, 2012
by Jordan Garretson (STATS Writer) for The Associated Press
The Philadelphia Eagles have a quarterback and a coach both likely playing for their jobs. The New Orleans Saints are off to their worst start in the Drew Brees era following the best regular season in franchise history. Arguably the league’s two most desperate teams entering Week 9, either the Eagles or the Saints will be in even worse shape after Monday night’s game in New Orleans.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Michael Vick will remain the team’s starting quarterback, even after he struggled again last Sunday in a 30-17 home loss to Atlanta. The four-time Pro Bowler was held under 200 yards passing for the second time in three games, throwing for 191 despite 35 attempts. While Vick didn’t turn the ball over, his 13 giveaways are still the league’s third-most.
“I think there’s a lot of things that I can do better,” he said. “I’m trying to do everything that I can to put the ball in the end zone to give my guys every opportunity.” Vick’s 78.6 passer rating is his lowest since joining Philadelphia (3-4), though a battered offensive line isn’t helping his cause. Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce are out for the season, and opponents have attacked the Eagles accordingly. Teams have blitzed Vick 99 times on passing plays this season, fourth-most against any quarterback.
An Eagles team that has seen nothing come easy this season heads to The Big Easy for a chance to turn the season back in a positive direction. After three straight losses, the 3-4 Eagles prepare for a Monday Night showdown against the equally disappointing 2-5 New Orleans Saints.
Four of the Eagles’ first five games were decided on the final possession, but after being thoroughly outplayed by the Atlanta Falcons last week, the Eagles are facing a crossroads of sorts. The bye week change at defensive coordinator did not produce immediate results, as the Eagles allowed scores on the Falcons’ first six possessions. That performance will have to improve on Monday night against a still explosive Saints offense that ranks fifth in the league in total yardage and features an array of weapons for Drew Brees.
Passing: Vick – 157-266, 1823 yds, 9 tds
Rushing: McCoy – 127 car, 504 yds, 2 tds
Receiving: Jackson – 34 rec, 524 yds, 1 td
New Orleans Leaders
Passing: Brees – 188-315, 2310 yds, 20 tds
Rushing: Thomas – 58 car, 257 yds, 1 td
Receiving: Colston – 40 rec, 580 yds, 5 tds
Favorite – New Orleans
Underdog – Philadelphia
Spread – 3
Over/Under – 52
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